More counselors of color, increased mental health support for students of color
Reaching out to UW-Madison’s mental health services can be a challenge for students. But when none of the counselors look like you, booking an appointment can be even harder.
Being a student of color on a predominantly white campus presents unique challenges— challenges that complicate navigating mental health on campus. People of color make up 16.6 percent of UW-Madison’s student population, according to the fall 2018 enrollment .
Lack of representation and discrimination on campus can significantly impact students’ mental health. In fact, students of color were more likely to have depression, anxiety and even suicidal ideation when compared to white students, found a 2016 UW-Madison Healthy Minds .
Seeking to provide more support for students of color, University Health Services hired two additional mental health providers of color last year, making the total providers specifically hired for students of color now five. Arlyn Gonzalez Castillo is of these few providers, serving Spanish-speaking students.
Although any provider can see a student of color, as an alumna of UW-Madison Castillo said she understands the importance of having a trusted counselor who students can turn to when dealing with the unique experience of being a student of color on campus.